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Dad's Little Helper Black IPA - Rogue Ales

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Dad's Little Helper Black IPADad's Little Helper Black IPA

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-20-2011)
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-15-2012 00:29:23 | More by VonZipper
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a SA perfect pint.

A - Pours dark brown with 1.5 fingers of rocky light tan head. The head retains very well and livens up to 1/2 an inch when swirled.

S - Citrus hops, roasted grains, nutty yeast, cocoa.

T - Aggressively bitter upfront with heavy roast and citrus rind. Some burnt cocoa in the background, the bitterness grows with more of a charred roast aspect. Finishes roasted with heavy grapefruit and bitterness covering the palate.

M - Moderate carbonation lightens the body to medium.

This was better than I expected. Aggressively hopped with plenty of roast and char character. Not the total package but very fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:07:34 | More by StaveHooks
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-08-2012 03:08:25 | More by Bradbury
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown color, with a finger of creamy light brown head. Nice lacing as it slowly fades.

S - Aromas of chocolate, smokiness, butterscotch, and a slight note of hops.

T/M - Dry, dark semi-sweet chocolate notes, and a dry bittersweer chocolate/hop finish.Nothing is really overpowering in this one, making it pretty easy to drink. Smooth, creamy medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - As I sip on it, I'm torn. I wanted it to be more, but it's not bad. I've had a couple better black IPAs, but I've had more that weren't as good as this. Definately a must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 06:00:10 | More by Rizalini
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-23-2012 03:27:24 | More by Rathakem
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very black appearance. Not an overwhelming head to it, but a decent amount of off-white head that disappeared quickly.
S - Not a whole lot of nose to this. Small amounts of roasted malt and coffee tones.
T - Very balanced between malts and the hops. Chocolatey and lite tones of coffee lead the taste with a hint of citrusy hops on the backend.
M - Very soft carbonation makes for an easily drinkable beer. Medium amounts of body.
O - A very enjoyable beer that I'd pick up again. Nothing out of this world, but something a little out of the ordinary that works pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 13:59:25 | More by Reson
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-03-2012 03:02:15 | More by amnesia85
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

front notes quite a while ago
A - Pitch black, decent mocha head with very respectable lacing down the glass
S - Cold press coffee and bitter chocolate, grassy, some citrus, a touch of smoky woodiness
T - Roasty, chocolatey, coffee, and leafy and slight citrus hop compliments, very well balanced flavours
M - medium body and smooth on the way down, an easy sipper
O - Haters gonna Hate on the surge in this style, but I am a fan and this is a fine example of the style, its strikes a great bold balance of hops and malt, Rogue seldom dissapoints

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:24:40 | More by joemcgrath27
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United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Euston tap and served into a UK half pint glass.

Mid black akin to 'cola' in colouration with a thin off-white head that soon thinned to a small puddle in the middle of the glass.

Not a big nose to this beer, faint hop smells and a little roasted malt and caramel, a little underwhelming in this aspect!

Flavours outweighed the smell and I got pine, more hop than on the nose, roasted malt, a little sugar, raisen and a touch of cocoa.

Medium in body with a little soft carbonation about right for the style.

Overall an OK beer, entirely drinkable, but not setting 'my' beer world alight!!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 13:21:57 | More by Ruds
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

03-03-2012 20:29:41 | More by Nikki
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-22-2012 02:25:14 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-18-2012 01:54:54 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-17-2012 23:32:30 | More by savagepm
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-11-2012 01:50:39 | More by Tyrawlings
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-27-2012 18:41:43 | More by PhineasGage
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

01-13-2012 19:53:24 | More by Boone1504
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2012 03:58:12 | More by brealbg
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4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I might be a little Rogue Bias (just because they've sent me a couple of free bottles that I cant get in ohio) but I was extremely impressed with this beer. I don't usually like Black IPA's but this was almost a combination of a smoked porter and an IPA. Had a smooth smokey taste, with a slightly bitter finish. Color was a deep black. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone with a passion for porter's or ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 20:58:55 | More by rogueleonardi
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-03-2012 15:55:10 | More by estes42
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-28-2011 03:04:21 | More by ConorThomas
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-27-2011 15:44:03 | More by Lantern
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-25-2011 05:04:24 | More by 11millsown113
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-25-2011 00:27:16 | More by McLaughlin5350
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Crazy dark black with reddish hues on the edges. 3 finger pale khaki head with tight bubbles, good retention.
S- Big malt variety up front. Caramel, some coffee, toffee and milk chocolate. Little bitterness from whatever hops they used but its a balanced smell.
T- Good amounts of hop bitterness up front, the hop flavoring is excellent though I cant quite put a finger on what they are. A lot of roasted coffee and caramel grains. Excellent roasted malt flavors. Flavors are perfectly balanced.
M- Goes down rather easy, no alcohol burn going down but i can feel it in the stomach. A nice creamy feel, thanks carbonation! Pretty dry aftertaste. Some sticky aftertaste.
O- My first Rogue beer and im now embarrassed to admit it. After having a few beers lately that were just meh, this made my day. This is very similar to the Alpha Klaus Christmas (Xmas) Porter by three floyds that I tried and loved recently. Get this if you cant get that or don't want to pay the 4-5$ difference. Cant wait to try more Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 11:32:38 | More by TwelveOunces
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue Ales
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